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Neosho School District, Crowder College Partner on Autism Program in New Location

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Thanks to a program in Neosho, children with autism can now learn about independence, and develop valuable skills in a unique type of school. 


Teaching a child how to roll a ball, or how to say hello is all in a days work for Karen Marion.


"I see progress everyday. And if I don't see progress, someone I work besides sees progress everyday." Marion explains.


A Crowder College graduate,Marion teaches basic life skills at the Neosho Center for Intervention and Support.

The program (NCIS) is a partnership between the Neosho School District, and Crowder College. Recently, the program found a new home at the former Kingdom Hall for Jehovah's Witness, just off Highway 60. 

The program helps children with autism become more independent.


"Base it on communication. That's the best gift you can give children with autism is being able to express themselves and have people understand them." says Director of Special Services for the District, Stacey Tracey. 


Staff members and students work one on one or in groups in small-setting rooms like these - focusing on their specific needs.


"It really is about looking at the setting and seeing even what we need to rearrange in that physical environment to make the kid successful and then looking at the academic skills, maybe that the child is struggling with and adjusting the expectation so they aren't working at frustration level." Johnna Burton, A Crowder College Behavioral Consultant says.


Each session is monitored, and parents are able to observe their children's progress.


"When you enable or allow them to develop a language whether its verbal or with pictures, then you can decrease their frustration in their learning environment and increase the value that they have with their family to become a part of their family." Tracey explains.


Marion says student's success makes her job worth it.


"It makes them more apart of their family at home, in their extended family and with their peers in school." she says.


The center will be holding an open house for the public in sometime September.

For more information on the program, click here, or copy the link into your browser.

http://www.edline.net/pages/NCIS/News/Autism_Program_Gets_New_Home


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